Condolences on the passing of Michael Jacobs father of Cy Jacobs and Jason Jacobs     Condolences on the passing of Dr Errol Papert brother of Beverley Manning and Lana Nathan.     Condolences on the passing of David Suchard husband of Minette Suchard, father of Dean Suchard, Rowan Suchard and Debbie Zetisky, brother of Rabbi Suchard and Shelley Defries.     Mazeltov to Dina daughter of Rabbi Yossi and Tziporah Orkin on the occasion of her engagement to Yossi Zimbler and mazeltov to the Zimbler family.    Condolences on the passing of Rosalind Sherman mother of Russel Sherman     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Pierre Edery husband of Debbie Edery, father of Chad, Kyle and Chloe Edery, brother of Jack Edery     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Lilie Singer mother of Elaine Fienberg.     Condolences on the passing of Michael Lakofsky brother of Barbara Wachsberger.     Mazeltov to Simon and Candice Kuper on the birth of son and mazeltov to grandparents Norman and Diane Geller.    Mazeltov to Lance and Erin Schapiro on the birth of a son.    Mazeltov to Jonathan and Michal Zinman on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Harold and Aileen Zinman.    Condolences on the passing of Edilene Kantor mother of Beverley Brittany     Condolences to Selwyn Burstein on the loss of his Step-Mother Lorraine Mc Cauley.
Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah states: “And they (the Cohanim) shall observe my charge, and they shall not bear sin for it” 

Rashi, the commentator, explains that this verse is a warning to the priests (Cohanim) not to eat trumah (tithes from crops given to the Cohanim) while they are in a state of tumah (spiritual impurity). Why the special warning and what can we learn from it?

Even though eating trumah is the fulfillment of a mitzvah for the priests, they must be very careful not to do so in a manner that will transform the potential good into a transgression. Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz commented that we learn from here an important principle: even when a person is involved in doing the Almighty’s service, he must be very careful that no transgressions should come from it.

To reiterate, our lesson: whenever you are engaged in doing a good deed or involved in a worthwhile project, be on guard that the good you do is complete and does not include any transgressions. (And remember to say ‘thank you’ when appropriate!).

Dvar Torah#2 by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah states: “And the Almighty said to Moshe, ‘Speak to the priests, the sons of Aharon, and say to them: Let no (priest) defile himself amongst his people ” (Lev. 21:1).

The Chozeh of Lublin explained this verse to mean that Moshe was told that the priest should be worthy of being the descendants of Aharon (Aaron, the High Priest). Just as Aharon had the trait of loving and pursuing peace, so too, they should work on acquiring this trait. Therefore, the latter part of this verse warns them that even though they should try to make peace between people whenever they can, they must be careful not to defile themselves in the process. At times they might come into contact with extremely aggressive and violent people, and they should not become too close to them lest they become negatively influenced by their faults.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony